Oslo continues to top the global charts for wellbeing, healthcare and access to outdoor space – all areas where attention is growing as a result of Covid-19. Oslo’s world-leading work-life balance continues to be underpinned by strong national and local-level fundamentals including provisions for paid parental support, worker rights, and vacation days, and a smaller proportion of overworked residents, relative to other city regions.
Citizen satisfaction with healthcare facilities has improved significantly, while a rapid shift to electric vehicles and clean energy has underpinned vast improvements to city-wide air quality. Emerging data does however suggest that Oslo is behind for the availability of hospital beds.
Leader for region-wide air quality. Oslo has the 6th lowest annual air pollution exposure of 92 of the world’s major capital city regions, up from 15th in 2019.
Culture of work-life balance. Oslo has the 2nd least overworked population among 50 regions globally, and the 7th lowest proportion of residents regularly working overtime.
Leader for mental health provision. Oslo is 1st among 24 peers for access to mental healthcare.
Figure 14: Resident perceptions of liveability in Oslo compared to among European peers
As Covid-19 re-emphasises the importance of gender equality, Oslo can be well placed to demonstrate a fair and inclusive economic recovery. The city has one of the smallest gender employment and gender wage gaps regionally and globally, and is leading the way on efforts to ensure that innovation is gender inclusive, with a high number of women-founded start-ups and female entrepreneurs and a gender inclusive tech meetup scene. Oslo’s status as a tolerant and welcoming city also remains undimmed from the perspective of citizen perceptions about minority and LGBTQI+ inclusion.
On the other hand, there are some emerging signs that Oslo’s widely praised model of social cohesion was beginning to come under threat before the pandemic hit. More people are at risk of poverty and social exclusion.
Equal employment opportunities. Oslo has the 4th smallest gender employment gap among European peers.
A warm welcome. Oslo is in the top half of its peer group for the % of citizens agreeing that minorities feel welcome in the city region.
Figure 15: Resident perceptions of values and welcome in Oslo compared to European peers
Figure 16: Year-on-year change for all-round social cohesion, Oslo and European peers